Frequently Asked Questions

At what point should I seek help for my loved one?

If you suspect that there is a problem, reaching out to a professional is the best policy. A professional can provide a certain level of clarity to the situation and help to determine if a problem exists.

What can I expect from an intervention?

Intervention is designed to cause enough distress to motivate an individual with a substance use disorder to take steps towards recovery. After an intervention, the individual does not always take these recommended steps. However, regardless of whether or not treatment is accessed, the individual’s loved ones have gained a better awareness of the disease of addiction. They now understand the significance of the problem and have identified supportive resources and an identified course of treatment appropriate for both themselves and their loved one.

Is there anything I should not do when confronting a loved one?

Blame, shame, threatening and demeaning are ineffective intervention tools. To break through to a loved one when staging an intervention, statements of fact should be communicated in a level of compassion and care, known as “CARE-frontation.”

What is an “interventionist” and where do I find one?

An interventionist is an addictions professional who is skillfully trained to work with families and loved ones to intervene in the life of an individual with a substance use disorder. They coordinate interventions with knowledge of the disease and the experience of working with others who have faced the same battle. Interventionists provide guidance as neutral, unbiased mediators while following a strict protocol. The Council on Chemical Abuse can be a resource to connect families with Interventionists in the Berks County area.

Do I need an interventionist?

If you wish to intervene with a loved one’s addiction, you may benefit from the support of an interventionist. Without proper assistance, an unmediated intervention could cause more harm than good to both the family and the individual with a substance abuse disorder. The nature of addiction often brings about strong feelings and emotions surrounding both the individual with a substance use disorder and their loved ones. The role of a professionally trained interventionist is extremely important to ensure a certain protocol is followed. The interventionist can monitor the situation, arbitrate when necessary, and advise the family, while also offering encouragement to all involved parties.

Who’s involved in an intervention?

Those that who are significant in the lives of an individual with a substance use disorder should be present for an intervention. These may include; family members, friends, coworkers, clergy, etc. A professional interventionist is vital in determining who should be involved in a family intervention. Anyone who is not in full support of the intervention should NOT be present.

Is an intervention always successful?

Regardless if the individual with a substance use disorder gets help, the facts of his/her condition have now been openly presented. The addiction is no longer a secret and the intervention can allow the family to engage in their own journey of recovery. It is important to note that the individual with a substance use disorder does not always enter treatment; however, they have gained the awareness that everyone surrounding them knows and understands what is needed to address the problem.

If you have additional questions about intervention services, please contact us